It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, but Christmas is already right around the corner. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for your toddler or preschooler, we’ve got a list of tried and true favourites that are guaranteed to be met with squeals of delight on Christmas morning. We’ve sorted our list by price, so whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or big-ticket items, we’ve got a little bit of everything for you to take a peek at.
ZOOB Building Sets
If you’ve got a kiddo on your list who loves to build, you’ll definitely want to check out the ZOOB building set. Each set contains 5 different styles of pieces that can be snapped together in 20 different ways, making the creative possibilities are just about endless! There are different sets that can be purchased, including the basic kit as well as kits for cars, construction vehicles, creatures, and more.
Available on Amazon | $18 and up
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Magical Oven
Can you make a preschool Christmas gift list that doesn’t include Play-Doh? This set allows kids to play pretend in the kitchen without the risk of getting burned. The cute little oven has lights that change colour while your mini baker’s muffins, cakes and pies are cooking, and “dings” when their creations are ready. Pretend to eat it all up using little plates and utensils and then start all over again!
Available on Amazon | $25
Glow in the dark tracks and light-up cars are the only two ingredients you need for endless hours of fun, making Magic Tracks a gift your preschooler won’t stop talking about. The tracks are easy to pull apart and snap together and can bend and flex in any direction; in addition, they’re easy to roll up and store away, meaning no little hearts will be broken when it’s time to clean up.
Available on Amazon | $30
Who says sandcastle competitions are just for the beach? With Kinetic Sand, you can build sculptures at your kitchen table, and you don’t have to worry about washing sand out of your bathing suit when you’re finished! Everyone in the family will want a turn to get their hands on Kinetic Sand – it’s squishy and moldable, but doesn’t make a mess. It’s tons of fun and best of all, it doesn’t dry out!
Available at Indigo | $30
Aqua Magic Doodle Mat
Arts and crafts without any messy cleanup? Yes, please! Kids and water go together like peanut butter and jelly, so this drawing and writing mat that uses water-filled markers to doodle is sure to be a hit! This mat is big enough for 2-3 children to use at a time, and comes with 4 magic pens, 1 brush, 6 stamps, 6 drawing templates and 1 drawing booklet, meaning there’s more than enough supplies and space for siblings, friends or family members to get creative together! The mat can be placed on the floor or the wall, and the markings dry up in about ten minutes, meaning it can be reused over and over again.
Available on Amazon | $30
DC Comics Cape Set
If your kids are as crazy about superheroes as mine, this set of 2 reversible shiny satin polyester capes and masks is destined to be a hit on Christmas morning and beyond. Fans of Batman, Robin, Superman and The Flash will love playing dress-up as they pretend to be their favourite crime-fighters. There is also a “Girls” set which includes Batgirl, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and The Flash, although the capes are totally unisex and can all be worn by anyone of just about any age. The capes have a Velcro closure at the neck and can be hand-washed when saving the world gets a little dirty.
Available on Amazon | $33
WTOR Toys Marble Run
Kids are sure to have hours of fun creating mazes, learning about cause and effect, developing hand-eye coordination, and practicing their engineering skills with this awesome STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) toy. Variations of the marble run toy have been around for years, and it’s easy to see why. The various tubes, roundabouts, paddle wheels and bells allow for endless combinations of track that can be created, and there’s nothing like being the one whose marble reaches the bottom first while racing family and friends!
Available on Amazon | $47
Sago Mini Pillow Playsets
These Sago Mini Pillow Playsets put the fun in functional. If you’re tired of toys that take up tons of space and leave little pieces laying around the house, you’ve found the perfect solution! With three themes to choose from (a dollhouse, a kitchen and a doctor’s office), your little ones can use their imagination to play pretend and then fold everything up into a neat little throw pillow package when they’re done.
Available at Chapters | $50
Moonlite Winnie The Pooh Gift Pack
Take your bedtime stories to the next level with the Moonlite story projector! Download the accompanying app onto your smartphone, attach the story projector, pop in the story reel, and get ready for a larger than life story experience! Project the pages onto the wall or ceiling as you read along on your device. Fun sound effects make the story even more exciting. There are tons of stories available for the Moonlite projector, including classics and new favourites. Individual stories are $10, meaning it won’t take much to grow your Moonlite collection in no time.
Available at Chapters | $50
For kiddos with an endless supply of energy, the Plasma Car is a perfect gift! This fun little car doesn’t require batteries, gears or pedals – to get going, the rider just needs to move the steering wheel back and forth on a smooth surface (either indoors or outside). Even adults can give the plasma car a go – it supports weights up to 220 pounds!
Available at Indigo | $70
Myla the Magical Unicorn
To say that Myla is magical is almost an understatement. This singing, talking unicorn glitters with lights as she moves, and the colours on her eyes, wings, and horn can be customized with the wave of a magic wand. Myla’s playmates can join her in a duet by singing into her microphone. Myla also shares an encouraging message with your child each day they play together!
Available at Indigo | $70
VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix
Budding little photographers will love taking real digital photos on Christmas morning! This durable 2.0-megapixel camera has 4x digital zoom, as well as a video recorder, voice recorder, and 35 fun photo effects and 4 apps that will make every picture extra special. A Micro USB cable (sold separately) can be used to download pictures onto your computer for safekeeping. The KidiZoom Camera doesn’t come with a memory card or batteries, so be sure to add those to your cart when checking out so your kids can get snapping as soon as they open their gift!
Available on Amazon | $74
FurReal Cubby The Curious Bear
If you’ve got a kid who’s been begging for a pet, FurReal’s Cubby the Curious Bear is a pretty good substitute. This lifelike cub has over 100 sound and motion combinations including moving his head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth and arms. Cubby loves to play peek-a-boo, laughs when you throw him up and catch him, and responds to your tickles and words. He also comes with a 3-in-1 accessory, which can be used as a comb, a bottle, or a treat (and he responds to all 3).
Available at Walmart | $130
Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit
If your kiddo has access to an iPad, Osmo has a really cool app with 4 hands-on learning games that kids and parents will have a blast exploring together. By inserting your iPad into the Osmo base, hand-held pieces come to life on the screen as kids explore concepts like letter formation and phonics, emotions and empathy, problem-solving and numbers, and creativity and imagination. In the ABCs game and Squiggle Magic, users build letters and designs with squishy and colourful sticks and rings and watch them come to life on the screen. In the Costume Party game, kids can dress up their character in different party outfits and watch the characters react on screen. In the Stories game, real costume pieces are mixed and matched to find solutions to obstacles as kids navigate through each adventure. Kids won’t even realize that they’re deep in the learning process as they have tons of fun playing!
Available on Amazon | $120
Melissa and Doug Grocery Store
Melissa and Doug are bringing shopping to your living room with this adorable and realistic grocery store! Kids are sure to get a kick taking turns grocery shopping and ringing in purchases using the hand-crank conveyor belt, beeping “scanner”, card-swiping machine, keypad, and cash drawer. The Grocery Store set doesn’t come with any groceries, so you’ll want to add the 84 piece companion set to your cart to make sure that the grocery store experience is complete. Reviewers have said that even older kids love playing with the Melissa and Doug Grocery Store, so you can count on years of use from this toy!
Fort builders, rejoice! At first glance, The Nugget might look like little more than a comfy and stylish little couch, but the four foam pieces can be reconfigured to make the perfect surface for climbing, lounging and hiding. The Nugget encourages kids to imagine, build and play, and makes a pretty great piece of furniture in between adventures. It comes in tons of different colours, so you’re sure to find something that fits in with your home’s décor! This is one “toy” that your kiddos will definitely be using well beyond their preschool years.
Available at Nugget Comfort | $229
Has your toddler or preschooler been eyeing up any of the items on our list? Do you have a must-have gift that we should have added? Let us know in the comments!